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College’s 53rd commencement caps graduates’ PCC journey
Photos and Story by James Hill
They came, they saw and they cried. It was a typical affair on Friday, June 12 as nearly 900 PCC graduates walked across the Memorial Coliseum stage to receive their degree or certificate during the college’s 53rd commencement.
Thousands of family members and supporters cheered the graduates on from the coliseum seats, applauding their accomplishments and their future journeys. Since 1961, PCC has more than 1.5 million alumni and this year more than 5,400 degrees, certificates and awards were given to the 2015 class.
“Some who graduate this year will immediately join the workforce, launching careers as machinists, welders, paramedics, nurses, computer programmers or other skilled workers,” said Sylvia Kelley, acting PCC president. “Others will transfer to four-year institutions to pursue bachelor’s degrees and beyond. We should all feel proud of this legacy, especially those whose commitment to PCC spans many years.”
The program included an emotional speech by student Kole Myrick and words of inspiration by commencement keynote speaker Jeff Pettit, who is a Rock Creek Campus math instructor. Festivities kicked off in style with a rousing rendition of the national anthem by 2015 graduate Lisa Bennett.
- Miss graduation? Relive the ceremony on the PCC Youtube channel.
- You can read coverage of the event in The Oregonian.
- For more fun photos, check out Poppe the Panther’s Twitter feed.
Below is a photo gallery of the night’s celebration.